About us

Canny Comms (Canny) is a communications and marketing consultancy that specialises in defence and security. 

We are passionate about using our skills to support the military and its stakeholders. We do this by helping technical and complex organisations to successfully engage with their audiences to realise their goals.

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Technology communicators

Uniquely, we have experts in science and technology in our team, which combines expertise in communications and marketing, science and technology, and defence and security. This is boosted further thanks to our collaboration with technology consultancy Black Jellyfish.

Our approach allows us to rapidly understand both complex technologies and operational requirements to shape and align messaging to audiences.

Take a look at the experience we have in our team.

Our team
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Defence and security experts

If you’re looking for a generalist, we’re not right for you. We’re niche. The advantage of this is that we know the ins and outs of the industry, and the Ministry of Defence. We can identify and analyse your audiences quickly and accurately, ensuring your communications influence them effectively.

We’re here to make it easier to reach and engage your audience.

See how we’ve done this for other clients.

A full-service agency

We don’t just consult. We are a whole-service agency, so we’ll be with you on the journey to engaging your audience. Whether you need occasional advice, or for us to become a key part of your team, we can’t wait to help, so please do get in touch.

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Two Canny Comms team members working.

What are we like to work with?

  • We are passionate about technology and supporting serving personnel.
  • We are extremely creative, constantly seeking more effective ways to engage audiences.
  • We are highly curious, always looking to learn, challenge the status quo and innovate.

Sound like a team you’d like to collaborate with?

Here’s what our clients think

Canny Comms supported the graphic design elements for the Callen-Lenz exhibition stand at Farnborough International Airshow.

 The completed look was eye-catching and aligned well to our brand image. Lindsay is always a pleasure to work with and the consultancy she has provided to our BD team is excellent

Hayley Waterton

Marketing Manager, Callen-Lenz

Together, they helped us to create a professional image, articulate our business offering, raise awareness of AMD in the defence sector and establish a number of promising collaboration opportunities. 

…[it’s]… highlighted the significant expertise of each of the Canny Comms individuals. That considerable expertise combined, enables us to confidently pursue our business goals.

Richard Lee

COO of AMD

Canny determinedly pursued a vast number of media leads, pitching to publications that aligned with Sibylline’s business objectives. 

“Through the exhaustive efforts of Canny, our team of expert analysts received excellent coverage in outlets including Forbes, Wired, Barron’s and The Sunday Times.

Millie Martin

Head of Marketing and Communications, Sibylline

Writing effective social media copy requires an understanding of our business, our values and the audience.

Canny Comms brought that understanding and were immediately able to work alongside us, adapting content, both technical and specialist, into engaging social media content.

I felt confident that our social media was in safe hands, assisting us in a time of limited internal resources, which meant that we could focus on other business activities.

Claire Savage

Head of Marketing and Communications, Chemring Group plc

Lindsay was responsive, knowledgeable, reassuring and delivered exactly what we needed within incredibly tight timescales.

She communicated at all points and I was never in any doubt as to where we were in the project. 

The fact that our Exec team made virtually no changes to our copy or our case studies is a testament to Lindsay and her team's understanding of our company and the defence sector.

Corrina Gee

Head of Marketing and Communications, CDS Defence & Security

Military community personel receiving awards.

The Canny team is strongly purpose driven. We are compelled to use our skills to ensure the people who protect and serve our country are well equipped.

We are, therefore, keen supporters of the military community. We actively look to employ and use suppliers who are veterans, reservists and/or military spouses. We provide pro-bono support to the military charity Heropreneurs, aiding in its work to help veterans and military spouses become entrepreneurs. In recognition of this, we have been awarded the silver-level award in the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.

The team

Lindsay Compton.

Lindsay Compton

Founder and CEO

James Peddell.

James Peddell

Chief technology consultant

Helena Holden

Helena Holden

Marketing and communications delivery lead

Les Gregory.

Les Gregory

Industry advisor

Fred Harbottle.

Fred Harbottle

Military advisor

Jonny Salmon.

Jonny Salmon

Content and aviation expert

Annabel Mead.

Annabel Mead

Marketing and communications expert

Mark Hawkins.

Mark Hawkins

Innovation and technology consultant, PM and bid writer

Olivia Berringer.

Olivia Berringer

Account executive

Helen Massy

Helen Massy

Account manager

Suzie Stanier.

Suzie Stanier

Business administrator

Rory Sparks.

Rory Sparks

CGI animation and 3D design

Andy Scrivner.

Andy Scrivner

Graphic designer

Jessica Brown.

Jessica Brown

Proofreader and copy editor